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Why Volume Is Moving into Dark Pools

There has been a major shift in stock trading volume over the last several years. Traders are moving to off-exchange venues, known as dark pools, in record numbers. This change has created severe repercussions within the traditional exchanges and has forever altered the way traders conduct business. The public exchanges are feeling the transformation in.. Read more

Trading Platforms: Does Speed Really Matter?

Traders have been seeking to gain an edge ever since the market began. In the old days, being on the trading floor was the ultimate advantage. However, due to membership requirements and geographic restrictions, not everyone who wanted to be a trader could trade on the exchange floor. Technology such as the telegraph and telephone.. Read more

The Transparent Fed: A Step in the Right Direction or Just More Greenspeak?

Transparency has become the financial watchword in the second decade of the twenty first century. Rocked by the financial crisis of 2008, the Bernie Madoff scandal, and worldwide economic fears, the general public is afraid of the financial world. Financial companies, although sometimes forced by legislation, have responded by becoming more transparent in their dealings... Read more

What On Earth Has Happened To The Volume?

Volume is the lifeblood of active traders. It’s the ocean in which market transactions are completed easily, quickly and without slippage. Sufficient volume provides traders the ability to move quickly in and out of securities without delay. Volatility and volume generally move in the same direction, with higher volumes usually combining with higher volatility and.. Read more

ETFs: Still As Popular As Ever?

If you have been trading for awhile, you’ve certainly noticed the growth in exchange-traded funds, also known as ETFs. Not only are these trading tools as popular as ever, but they have also quickly become a leading part of the entire stock trading industry. Over the past year, the trading volume in ETFs has increased.. Read more

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